[LMB] Social Vestiges, was Re: Telemarketers

Andrew Barton AndrewBarton at compuserve.com
Thu, 3 Jun 2004 21:36:33 -0400

Debbie wrote:

>>What with common-law and all it's not so useful anymore anyway.

> I don't know about Canada, but "common-law"'s been an anachronism here 
> since the 1950s 

Marna Nightingale:
> It's been essentially a recognised form of marriage her for almost that 
> long. Ian and I are common-law.

Where is 'here'?

In England and Wales people often talk about 'common-law' marriage, but
it's a misnomer.  No such relationship is known to the law.  Scotland,
which has always had its own legal system, may be different.